FRANKFURT, Apr 8 (Reuters) – Robert Holzmann, a member of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB), said on Thursday that he expects the institution to slow down its purchases of emergency bonds in the third quarter of the year.

“The decision for the third quarter will be made at the end of the second quarter and we hope that by then there is the possibility of reducing purchases again,” he said in a televised interview with CNBC.

The Austrian governor was thus in agreement with the statements of his Dutch counterpart, Klaas Knot, in an interview with Reuters earlier this week.

(Information by Francesco Canepa, edited by Balazs Koranyi, translated by Tomás Cobos)

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